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in yarnell, that's just northwest of phoenix. the firefighter were from prescott. melanie woodrow is there now. good morning, what can you tell us about the situation now? >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. we're learning more about these 19 firefighters including their names and their passion for firefighting. for most, this was more than a job, this was their life calling. the bodies of all 19 firefighters killed in the yarnell hill fire saturday arrived at the medical examiner's office in phoenix. autopsies will be performed on all 19 within the next few days. in prescott, where most of the firefighters lived, more than 1 thouk 1,000 packed the gym. >> it's a packed hall, and, god, i love you for it. thank you. >> reporter: andrew ashcraft was like most of his crew, in his 20s and loved his job. unlike most of his crew, ashcraft leaves behind a wife and four children. >> he wanted to be a firefighter hotshot all of his life. >> reporter: while the town of prescott mourns up the road near yarnell the fire that has already claimed 19 lives continues to burn. this map shows th
in yarnell, arizona. the "arizona republic" with a compelling front page as they grasp what happened. flames are being fueled by high winds and triple-digit temperatures. names and ages of the 19 fallen firefighters have not been released just yet but all were men and members of an elite crew from nearby prescot. erica elliott has more. >> reporter: the wildfire began about 85 miles northwest of phoenix on friday with the lightning strike. because of dry grass and gusting winds it quickly spiraled out of control. forcing families out of their homes with little notice. >> the house is on fire when we left. everything was there, but it was on fire. so it's gone. >> reporter: an elite team of firefighters went in to set up a barrier to stop the fire from marching toward homes and people but they were caught in the middle of the inferno. >> our entire crew was lost. we lost 19 people in this wildfire. one of the worst wildfire disasters that's ever taken place. >> reporter: heavy winds pushed the flames on top of the firefighters who had to deploy emergency tent-like structures, typically used a
to fly at half staff. the fire that took their lives, the yarnell hill fire, it is still burning out of control northwest of phoenix. it has now grown to 8400 acres and remains 0% contained. 500 firefighters are battling the flames with more expected to join the fight today. >>> two important witnesses took the stand monday in the case against george zimmerman on trial in the death of trayvon martin. the witnesses were sanford police investigators who conducted multiple interviews with zimmerman. they shared their thoughts on his version. sara dalhoff joins us from florida. >> george zimmerman may still take the stand or may not. but the jury heard his own version through taped interviews and a video walk-through of the scene. >> i tried to sit up and that's when he grabbed me by the head and tried to slam my head down. >> monday prosecutors played video of george zimmerman walking investigators through what he says happened the night trayvon martin was killed. in initial interviews, officer doris singleton and officer chris sereno nailed down his verson of events. including why zimm
's go to arizona where the wildfire that killed 19 members of an elite fire fighting crew. the yarnell hill fires are the deadliest in history. it's burned 9,000 acres so far. arizona's governor ordered flags to be flown half staff to honor the firefighters killed in the blaze. stephanie is live for us this morning. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: good morning, poppy. here in prescott, the memorial outside station 7 grows as the town deals with the loss of 20% of this one fire department, lost to a blaze. prescott, arizona, a town where everyone knows each other and everybody here is mourning the loss of the 19 firefighters who died battling the nearby yarnell hill fire. >> the type of people that keep themselves in condition that go five mile sboos the wilderrens and put themselves between the fire and you. >> reporter: called hot shots, they were highly trained firefighters. they got close to the blaze, dug a fire line to contain the flames. >> they are the only municipality with a type one hot shot crew in the country. >> reporter: arizona governor, january brewer came to offe
the yarnell fire which has burned more than 8300 akers. brandy has news on the elite crew of firefighters who lost their lives. >> reporter: firefighters quickly found themselves surrounded by flames. with nowhere to run, 19 men were killed sunday. they're part of an elite firefighting team known as the granite mountain hot shots. >> they were the best, the best that we had. all i can say is it had to be a perfect circumstances for something like this to happen. >> reporter: it was the deadliest day for u.s. firefighters since 9/11. with triple digit heat and strong winds, time lapse video shows the yarnell fire quickly spreading across 6,000 acres and hot shots are known for working the front line. for the first time the team was forced to deploy their fire shelters, a last-ditch method of protection from the heat and flames that also trapped breathable air, but in this inferno the tents weren't enough. firefighters say half of the 500 structures in the small town of yarnell have now been destroyed. >> reporter: investigators are also looking into what went wrong with this highly skilled tea
of yarnell and glenneasta. the danger is not over yet. >> reporter: 19 members have an elite hot shot wildfire crew died on sunday when a wall of flames overtook the group in yarnell, arizona. >> our entire crew was lost. we lost 19 people in this9 wildfire. one of the worst wildfire disasters that has ever taken place. >> reporter: the yarnell fire quickly grew out of control. the men relied on their training to survive and even deployed special fire tents to try to withstand the inferno. >> when you're deploying, that's it. just hope that your training and deployment of shelter does what it's supposed to do and you're able to walk away from it. >> but they didn't. the fire killing all 19. in a statement made during his ongoing trip toloñ africa, president obama praised the elite firefighters calling them, quote, heroes. back in arizona, the loss hasok devastated the tight-knit community. >>(a it's devastating. i can't even explain what it's like. >> reporter: destroying 200 homes and giving homeowners no time to escape. >> we had no time. we got the dogs. we got the wife. it's gon
francisco, $4.07. >>> the bodies of 19 firefighterred killed in yarnell, arizona a-- firefighters killed in yarnell, were taken to the medical examiner morning. there is no official word on what happened and how they were killed. autopsies are planned for later this week. ktvu's robert handa joins us now where they have a similar fire strike team. robert what are they staying today? >> reporter: as you heard it has been a busy day for cal fire. we have been watching unionts respond all bay. maybe -- units respond all day. they say the tragedy in arizona has been on their minds. >> reporter: an elite group of firefighters who end up in risky situations. getting people in and out of dangerous areas or responding to the fire near concord. they were distressed to hear about the 19 members in arizona killed in the yarnell hill fire. >> hot shot crews are the best of the firefighters. one of the best. it is real tragic. >> reporter: cal fire is waiting to hear what happened in arizona but they know a large scale fire is unpredictable. >> the changes. i don't know what happened. sounds like a t
in and around yarnell, arizona, is proof that even the best are no match for a dangerous, galloping fire, moving fast with ample fuel. we begin tonight with nbc's miguel almaguer. he's in nearby prescott, arizona. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. the nation hasn't lost this many firefighters in a wildfire in decades. tonight this blaze is still burning out of control as hundreds of firefighters on the front lines mourn the loss of some of their own. today, a convoy of coroner vans carried the bodies of the 19 fallen firefighters who died protecting homes, trying to save lives. >> we think we have the area where the hot shot crews were. >> the granite mountain hotshot team overcome by flames. the winds suddenly shifted turning the flames on firefighters. >> we are devastated. we just lost 19 of the finest people you will ever meet. >> reporter: sparked by lightning, the so-called yarnell hill fire exploded out of control yesterday. >> we got our animals, kids, and we are safe, but our stuff is probably going to be destroyed. >> reporter: hundreds evacuated, an estimated 50
in arizona. >> they were battling the yarnell hill wildfire, which burned 2,000 acres in central arizona. now sadly officials have confirmed that all 19 firefighters have been killed. katie o'connor of our phoenix affiliate knxv is on the ground with the latest. >> knowing that's exactly what they are dealing with now, hours later, the fire, the behavior so erratic, so dangerous. unfortunately that's what led to the tragedy earlier today of the 19 firefighters. and they were with, granite mountain, the hot shot crew with prescott fire. 18 dead. another firefighter is unaccounted for, what agency he was working for. he was with the group of 19 firefighters. the hot shot crew, they go in first they cut the lines, clear all the brush. they're the best in shape is what -- mike rikling with incident command tells me. they train all year for this. this is what they eat, sleep, breathe to train for wildfire conditions just like this. something must have gone wrong, some where. investigation under way about that. meanwhile, helicopter spotted the group of firefighters from the air. one of the -- ther
overwhelmed yesterday as they defended the yar of yarnell, arizona. the unit known as the granite mountain hot shots was wined out except for one lone survivor. the yarnell fire has incinerated more than 700 homes in a town of 200 people northwest of phoenix. these are pictures of the granite mountain hot shots in may last year. hot shots are elite teams that meet arduous training and fitness standards, the equivalent of wildfire swat teams. this is chris mckenzie, one of the ban in the mountain men who was killed. his father was a firefighter, too. in prescott, mourners, including toby schultz, created a makeshift memorial on the fence line of the hot shots' fire station. we have two correspondents on this story. first, john blackstone in congress, arizona, for us tonight. john? >> reporter: scott, this fire has now burned across 13 square miles in these mountains. 400 firefighters are battling in the windy, sweltering conditions. it's the deadliest wildfire ever in arizona. the bodies of the 19 hot shots were carried off the mountain today in a prpcession of vans, saluted by other firefighte
: the bodies of the 19 firefighters killed in the yarnell hill fire sunday arrived at the medical examiner's office in phoenix. autopsy will be performed on all 19 within the next few days. ♪[ music ] >> reporter: in prescott where most of the firefighters lived, more than 1,000 mourners packed a gym for a memorial service. a testament to the closeness of this community. >> it's a packed hall and god, i love you for it. [ crying ] >> thank you. >> reporter: andrew ashcraft was like most of his crew in his 20s and loved his job. unlike most of his crew, he leaves behind a wife and four children. >> he wanted to be a firefighter hotshot all of his life. >> reporter: you can see people visiting this memorial. while the town of prescott mourns up the road near yarnell, the fire that already claimed 19 lives continues to burn. this map shows the size of the fire an estimated 8400 acres. the red line with hash marks means it's uncontrolled with no containment lines. about 500 firefighters will focus on the eastern edge of the blaze where yarnell and peeples valley are still under evacuation or
't be penalized next year if they do. hankyatt andrews, thank you. yarnizona the yarnell fire is still burning out of control tonight, whipped by winds that wiuld potentially be stronger than those on sunday, when 19 firefighters were killed. 8,000 acres have already burned. and making matters worse the brutal heatwave that has much of the west broil approximating in triple-digit temperatures. >> ever since this fire began crews have battled temperatures in the 90s an unpredictable co winds, today gusting to nearly cr 30 miles an hour. unpredemotional community toding residents of yarnell were told it could be five days before it's safe enough for them to return home. safe ere's incident commander is the templin. ent commander is clay templin. >> don't let the calm nature of this fire lull you in, it can come back to life quickly. >> reporter: the speed with which this fire exploded will b. >> even when it looked like they had captured it, the way our conditions are-- conditions are, it just takes a breath of wind is so that fire looks very quiet. and in a matter of seconds it went to a raging br
members of an elite fire fighting team known as the hot shots. >> so sad. the fire at yarnell hill was so unpredictable they were unable to ride it out. up next the anatomy of a deadly fire. the blisters were oozing, and painful to touch. i woke up to a blistering on my shoulder. i spent 23 years as a deputy united states marshal and i've been pretty well banged up but the worst pain i've experienced was when i had shingles. when i went to the clinic, the nurse told me that it was a result of having had chickenpox. i wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. >>> here in the u.s. just how exactly did those 19 heroic fire fighters die in the fire still raging near yarnell, arizona. >> it is still going. officials trying to unravel how that deadly fire started and how the granite mountain hot shots were trapped inside. >> sunday midafternoon. fire fighter andrew ashcraft texts his wife this picture as they get ready to continue their battle with the yarnell hill fire. the last known fire of the granite mountain hot shots before the fire blew up killing 19 of them. the anatomy of the fire, the spec
to them. >> the yarnell fire forced the evacuation of hundreds. >> i'm packing up everything that i can. >> so much of the west is wilting under a heat wave with temperatures soaring into the triple digits people are doing all they can to stay cool. >>> a cirque du soleil performer died after a fall during a vegas show. an investigation is under way. >>> european union officials say they are shocked following a report that the nsa was spying on eu offices. >>> call in the mini miracle on the hudson. >> a sightseeing helicopter lost power to its engine, so the pilot set it down in the river. everyone is said to be okay with only minor injuries. >> it's another miracle on the hudson here? >> i would say so. >>> and "all that mattered." >> the first family visiting the island prison where freedom fighter nelson mandela was held as a political prisoner for 18 years. >> nelson mandela showed us that one man's courage can move the world. >> on "cbs this morning." >> during his trip to south africa, president obama had an unexpected moment of levity. >> you've got to drop the mi
angeles fire captain. so far the yarnell hill fire burned 8300 acres and forced the evacuation of families, pets and live stock. this is the home base for the hot shot team that lost 19 members. >> reporter: this is station 7 here in prescott. this is where all of the firefighters who were members of the hot shot crew would gather as they fought the toughest fires in the area. they did not come home last night and all afternoon we have ben watching -- been watching people come here and you get a sense of how much loss there is. 19 red ribbons. just magnifying it. the victims, 19 of them, from 21-43. >> somber mome monday. a procession of -- moment monday, a procession of vans carrying 19 fallen firefighters. >> we are here to honor them and here to honor the families of those 19 individuals. >> the yarnell hill fire killed an entire crew of elite firefighters last night. making it the deadliest day for firefighters since 9/11. >> we will remember the brave men of the granite mountain hot shots. >> reporter: they were part of the granite mountain hot shots crew. who are often tasked with t
firefighters is still raging in yarnell, arizona. >> cbs reporter marlie hall has the latest nearby prescott arizona where residents are in mourning. >> reporter: a makeshift memorial continues grow honoring the 19 firefighters who were killed battling a wildfire in yarnell, arizona. autopsy are being performed on the first who are members of an elite crew called the granite mountain hotshots. fire officials say their preliminary investigation shows the hotshots properly followed safety procedures before the wind suddenly shifted sending the flames in their direction. ♪[ music ] >> reporter: on monday night, more than 1,000 people packed a gymnasium to honor the fallen firefighters. some of the men killed were fathers and husbands including 29-year-old andrew ashcraft who leaves behind a wife and four young children's. >> there's moments where i think of him and i smile because i love him so much. and then i feel guilty for smiling because i'm still in shock. he saved a lot of people's homes. and he will never come home to us. >> reporter: a stream of people having leaving mementos at the
starting to get an upper hand on that massive wildfire in arizona. the yarnell hill fire is now 45% contained. that is way up from 0% containment just two days ago. and while it is positive news, an investigation into what caused the deaths of 19 firefighters earlier this week is just beginning. nbc's jennifer byork li n has more from the front lines. >> reporter: a sad caravan bringing out an impromptu honor guard as the vehicles that carried 20 hot shots to the yarnell fire made their way back without their men. >> hot shots can begin their journey home. >> reporter: 19 lost their lives fighting the lightning-sparked fire on sunday. >> i want to acknowledge number 20 here. he laid his life on the line as well. >> the surviving member of the team attended a public memorial to pay tribute. he was the lookout conveying key information, warning them of the erratic shift, at risk of being overrun himself. fire officials say he followed his training and did everything right so the investigation will focus on what went wrong. >> a significant fire event. significant weather event. all o
in the small community of yarnell 35 miles southwest of prescott. according to the prescott fire department, the 19 firefighters who were killed were part of the prescott granite mountain hot shots and they were battling the yarnell yarnell hill fire when they were reportedly involved as in a serious incident. the fire that burn nearly 2,000 acres so far was likely caused by a lightning strike on saturday night. it's been getting dangerously close to homes. hundreds of people have been evacuated. again, word from the prescott fire department in arizona that 19 firefighters have been killed battling a massive wildfire near yarnell, arizona. stay with fox news for the latest on this developing story. i'm marian rafferty. now back to "huckabee." >>> on thursday, the senate passed immigration reform that's sets a path for millions of immigrants who are here illegally and calls for billions of dollars and more agents to help secure our border with mexico. but the bill may not make it all the way through the house. >> the house is not going to take up and vote on whatever the senate passes. we're
an out on of control wildfire in yarnell, arizona, about 80 miles northwest of phoenix. it started after a lightning strike and quickly spread to at least 2,000 acres amid extremely hot and dry conditions. this morning we're learning the crew was deploying their emergency fire shelters, their tent-like structures meant to shield them from the flames, when they got caught. >> we grieve for the families, we grieve for the department, we grieve for the city. we're devastated. we just lost 19 of some of the finest people you'll ever meet. right now we're this crisis. >> the hot shot crews are elite firefighters who often hike for miles into the wilderness with chain saws and backpacks filled with heavy gear in order to build lines of protection from people and fires. they remove brush, trees and anything that could burn in the direction of homes and cities. speaking on the phone, governor brewer says it's a dark day for the state. >> it's just such a tragic, dark horrible day for arizona and heartbreaking. and i just would like to to say that i hope everybody in arizona tonight remember thos
tragic circumstances. yesterday not far from where we're standing the yarnell fire exploded into a fire storm that overran the local granite mountain hot shots. 19 lives were lost. brave men who gave their life in defense of friends, neighbors and perfect strangers. the yarnell fire is the deadliest wildfire in arizona state history and our nation's deadliest in 80 years. to the friends family of those lost yesterday i know we can never fully repay the sacrifices made by your loved ones, but we can honor their service with our gratitude and prayers and through our steadfast dedication to do whatever is necessary to bring this fire under control if before it causes anymore heartache. as governor of arizona that's my commitment to each and every one of you. this morning i signed a declaration to make available for additional resources to fight this fire. my team and i are in close contact with local officials and we'll look to them for what they need. we're al coordinating with federal officials. the state had received a grant through which the federal government covers most of the cost f
as the granite mountain hotshots, who perished this weekend in the yarnell hill fire. >> i just can't even imagine how the families and the friends that knew these individuals feel. it just is unbearable. >> our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the brave firefighters who were out there. this is one more reminder of the fact that our first responders, they put their lives on the line every single day. >> reporter: the granite mountain hotshots are the firefighting elite, the s.e.a.l. team 6 of the fire lines. these young men, seen here in a training video, were trained to go to the hottest spot of the wildfires and tame them by brute force. >> these people keep themselves in exceptional condition. they have considerable weight to carry, and they can walk miles to get into strategic locations. oftentimes they'll sleep on the ground. >> reporter: tonight we learned all of their names. their next of kin having now absorbed the terrible news. the average age, just 27. young men like kevin woyjeck, whose dad is an l.a. fire captain. >> these a great kid. i say kid, but he was a you
near the central arizona town of yarnell. the fire destroyed 13 square miles, and it also killed 19 firefighters. carter evans reports on the investigation into their death. >> reporter: this is our first look at the damage from the yarnell fire that's destroyed nearly 130 structures. some of the 600 firefighters battling the blaze paused as the trucks used by the granite county hotshots were taken away. this charred landscape is where the 19 men died. they were just 500 yards from the homes and businesses they were trying to save. the only survivor, brendan mcdonough, was watching the team from a high vantage point. ralph lucas is a battalion chief with the prescott fire department. >> it is protocol that you always have a hotshot lookout in place for every single hotshot crew all the time, every time. >> reporter: data from a nearby weather station indicated that the wind direction shifted nearly 180 degrees in less than an hour. mcdonough saw the fire reverse direction and radioed that the hot shots were in danger and had to move. it's believed what mcdonough witnessed was the re
. in arizona, 19 brave firefighters lost their lives battling the yarnell fire. deadliest fires since 9/11. >> it's unbearable. i know for many of you. but it is unbearable also for me. >> i'll talk to jan brewer later, and one of the firefighter's best friends. george zimmerman describes what happened moments before trayvon martin's life ended. will the jury believe him? >> we go straight to martin savidge with all the information from the george zimmerman trial. we heard everything coming straight out of george zimmerman's mouth, in what was almost realtime interviews. >> it was. yeah, it was a pretty fascinating day. we got to hear from an audio expert. we got to hear from george zimmerman himself. he never took the stand. >> for the first time, jurors hear george zimmerman's version, what happened the night trayvon martin died, in a tanked police interview. >> i was walking back through to where my car was, and he jumped out from the bushes. and he said what the [ bleep ] is your problem? he just started punching me in the face. and i started screaming for help. i couldn't see, i co
. both teams hung jerseys in the dugout with the name yarnell printed on them. anna kooiman is here with us on more with the men who died in the line of duty. >> several touching tributes. last night hundreds gathering in phoenix, arizona, to remember the 19 elite fire fighters killed battling that massive fire fighter. >> apbgts -- anthony rose 23. christopher mckenzie, 30. [playing amazing grace] >> bagpipers played amazing grace after all the victims' names were read aloud. the vigil taking place outside the medical examiners office where the bodies were taken. only one men on the 20-member granite hot shot team survived the deadliest day for fire fighters since 9/11. >> the memory of the fire fighters lost that day as they charged into the burning towers, we will remember the brave men of the granite mountain hot shots. >> meantime this morning we are learning more about those 19 brave men who died deploying their emergency safety shelters in the hottest part of that fire. here's the tough part. kevin wycheck, chris mckenzie and wade parker followed in their father's footsteps o
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. there are firefighters out there battling that same wildfire that killed those 19 young men. the yarnell wildfire. about 45% contained. what are you hearing from those firefighters? >> reporter: well, the one thing i can say that's good is that they've been able to contain it at about 8,400 acres for the last couple of days now. but it is not out, and they're still working out there. they're still trying to make sure that this fire doesn't threaten any more buildings. and it's very hard because their hearts are broken. but at the same time they have to fight this fire. so one moment that did happen yesterday, the buggies that these 20 firefighters would ride in, that's what they're calm le. they're called buggies. ten men to each one. those made a procession back into town. it wasn't just here on the streets where there was an impromptu moment to honor these men as the buggies return. there's also one out on the fire line. take a listen. >> we did have a hard day today with our fallen comrades' vehicles going down. we also had an operational pause today where we went ahead and considered those tasks we'
-called yarnell hill fire took the lives of a highly skilled hotshot crew. today that same fire is threatening hundreds of homes. as investigators start to look at what went so wrong, nbc's miguel almaguer remains in prescott, arizona, for us again tonight. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. the grief and heartbreak can be seen on every street corner in this small community. this fire has taken so much, and tonight it is still on the move, as investigators work to determine what happened here. these are among the final images taken sunday afternoon. the granite mountain hotshot team headed to battle a blaze from which they would not return. >> they're the toughest of the tough. yarnell is in their backyard, they fought fire in this country for many years. for them to be overrun with fire is a shock to all of us. >> reporter: investigators will focus on the burn zone, a spot where 19 elite firefighters were overcome by flames with no place to escape. battalion chief ralph lucas, a supervisor, was on vacation when his team headed into the fire zone. >> i know those guys are
destroyed in the yarnell hill fire that began on friday. because all the homes were evacuated, many people found out their homes were destroyed from their county sheriff. today the toll of the yarnell hill fire was already so devastating with 19 elite firefighters known as the hot shots killed in the blaze on sunday. >>> a summer day at a camp took a tragic turn in an instant. a tree suddenly crashed down on the jewish youth camp, killing an adult staff member and injuring four others. another staff member remains unaccounted for. they were around the camp fire circle when the tree fell. none of the children were hurt. >>> now to america on the move this eve of the 4th of july holiday. you are looking at rockville, maryland, one road out of washington d.c. tonight. triple a predicts almost 41 million american will be on the road tomorrow. as we head into the holiday we know there will be increased security, the biggest increase since the boston marathon bombing in april. rob nelson is in boston tonight. >> reporter: in the usual sea of red, white and blue, this year's july 4th celebrations
are finally starting to get the upper hand on that massive wildfire in arizona. the yarnell hill fire now 45% contained, up from zero percent just two days ago. while it is positive news, an investigation into what caused the deaths of 19 firefighters earlier this week is just beginning. nbc's jennifer buyorkwin has more from the front line. >> reporter: a sad caravan bringing out an impromptu roadside honor guard as the vehicles that carried 20 hotshots to the yarnell fire made their way back without their men. >> the granite hotshots can begin their journey home. >> reporter: 19 lost their lives fighting the lightning sparked fire sunday. >> i want to acknowledge brendan here, number 20, he let his life on the line as well. >> reporter: the surviving member of the team attended a public memorial tuesday evening to pay tribute to his fallen comrades. he was the lookout conveying key information, warning them of the fire's erratic shift, at risk of being overrun himself. fire officials say he followed his training and did everything right so the investigation will focus on what went wrong. >
with you thanks so much. >>> the yarnell fire north of phoenix has consumed nearly 9,000 acres, destroyed more than 200 homes since friday. we're learning more about those 19 elite firefighter its who lost their lives braving, trying to hold back the flames. you are looking at the faces of heroism, they ranged in age from 21 to 43, they were husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, some came from a family of firefighters, others were new to the job. and they all gave their lives trying to protect their community. cnn's stephanie elam joins us live from prescott, arizona. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: good morning, chris. out here the memorial continues to grow as the members of this community here in prescott still wait to hear what could have possibly gone wrong to lead to the loss of these 19 firefighters. ♪ late monday, a town gathered to remember the fallen. prescott, arizona, a town where everyone knows each other, and everybody here is mourning the loss of the 19 firefighters who died battling the nearby yarnell hill fire. >> for those of us who were raised here, many of thes
news this morning, 19 of their own gone. >> the crew was digging barriers around the yarnell hill fire in central arizona which has burned through 6,000 acres just since friday. cnn is in arizona with more. >> reporter: the yarnell hill fire began moving at a ferocious pace on sunday, suddenly changing direction, claiming the most firefighter lives since 9/11, trapping 19 firefighters with no way out. >> we just lost 19 of some of the finest people you'll ever meet. right now we're in crisis. >> reporter: the firefighters were part of the prescott fire department hot shot crew, getting their name because they worked in the hottest parts of the wildfire, setting up barriers to stop the destructive spread. >> these are the guys that will go out there with 40, 50 pounds of equipment and walk five miles, they will slaep out there. these are quality people. >> reporter: the crew was tasked with digging a fire line and creating an escape route. the flames hadn't even touched prescott. but like many other firefighters across the state, the prescott team jumped into help fight the blaze. the f
the military steps in. we begin with the breaking news. all 19 firefighters killed in the yarnell hill fire still burning out of control north of phoenix. they have been identified and taken to the maricopa county medical examiner's office in phoenix. every member of that team but one perished. it's the deadliest single day that firefighters and their loved ones have endured since 9/11. more on how we came to this terrible day. >> reporter: it began as a simple ordinary act of nature. a lightning strike at 5:36 friday evening, igniting a 500 acre blaze. there were twin problems, scorching heat and low humidity, the combination the fire exploded into a monster, devouring acres that had not burned in 40 years. first a few dozen homes. then 200 scorched. firefighters across the region including the hotshots from station 7 to prescott, located 30 miles away jumped into action. the hotshots, a team of 20 sent into the heart of the fire, to cut a line on the eastern flank and save other homes. >> they're highly trained, highly skilled, their situational awareness is very high. for this crew, it's
battling a wildfire near yarnell, arizona, when the flames overran them. reporter marlie hall on the life-saving equipment that wasn't enough to protect them records a convoy of white -- >> reporter: a convoy of white vans carried the bodies of firefighters killed battling a wildfire in yarnell, arizona taken to a mortuary in phoenix. >> the concern was that we not leave those fallen comrades out there on the side of the mountain. >> reporter: the 19 dead firefighters were members of the granite mountain hotshots an elite crew that works on the front line of wildfires. these crews do a lot of heavy lifting and work long hours. that's why most of them are young. >> that's the tragedy in what just happened is that they're younger firefighters. >> reporter: fire officials say the wind suddenly shifted sending the flames towards the firefighters. some of the hotshots tried to shield themselves from the flames using small fireproof tents. some of the dead crewmembers were found inside the shelters, others outside. >> those poor firefighters. [ crying ] >> reporter: barbara potter said she saw
news. all 19 firefighters killed in the yarnell hill fire still burning out of control north of phoenix. they've all been identified and taken to the maricopa medical examiner's office in phoenix. 19 members of an elite team called hotshots, the granite mountain hotshots based in prescott, arizona. every member but one pr risched. more how it came to this terrible day. >> it began as a simple ordinary act of nature in the high desert. a lightning strike at an 5:36 friday evening igniting an 800-acre blaze. there were twin problems. scorching heat and low humidity. but that combination, the fire exloaded in into a monster devouring acres that had not burned in 40 years. first a few dozen homes. then 00 scorched. firefighters across the region including the hotshots from station 7 in prescott located 30 miles away jumped into action. the hotshots a team of 208 sent into the heart of the fire. to cut a line on the eastern flank and save other homes. >> they're highly trained, highly skilled. their situational awareness is very high. for this crew, it's very difficult to imagine what happen
: investigators in the arizona mountain town of yarnell are trying to figure out why 19 elite firefighters died in an out of control wildfire sunday. and whether human error played a role in the tragedy. >> catherine: the investigation will look at whether the crew paid attention to the forecast, created an escape route and took other precautions. >> catherine: investigators will also look at whether the crew should have been pulled out before the fire exploded sunday. as for the fire -- it continues to grow. >> catherine: the fire near the town of yarnell has burned roughly 9-thousand acres and burned 200 buildings -- most of them homes. fire crews are struggling with gusty winds.and at last word, there's little or no containment. >> it is an extremely difficult buyer to deal with. we are number one in the nation so it means that all eyes are the want us right now. >> catherine: in egypt.at least seven people have been killed in mass protests. huge crowds are rallying against president mohammed morsi. he addressed the nation today - saying he refuses to step down -- and wants the military to
have been destroyed in arizona specifically in yarnell. 75% of the state is suffering severe to extreme drought right now, which really raises the question, what is causing these fires to take place. it seems to be the case that not many mainstream media outlets want to talk about climate change. what do you guys think? cenk: yeah. so look, if you look at it as we've said a million times in just one isolated case, is every fire caused by climate change, of course not but does it affect the frequency and severity? of course it does. we just broke another record, hottest day in june in u.s. history, 129 degrees in death valley california. it's never been hotter in june. there's one other time that it tied that record, right? again, if it was just one day fine but we break record after record. last year was the hottest july ever in recorded history in the united states. this july, god knows probably be the same, it keeps going and going. so, is it related? i mean, you know, you know more about it than i do, cara, but it seems obvious it is. >> it's impossible to tie one specific storm, one
fell -- yarnell hill fire in in arizona. >>> courthouses will start issuing same sex marriage licenses. it also opened again on saturday and sunday. yesterday the supreme court rejected an emergency petition. contra costa county opens its doors at 8:00 a.m. as well. >>> time now 4:48. sal is back. we know bart is on strike. the east shore have you seen any impact? >> we have seen more people on the road for sure. although it hasn't become stop and go. let's take a look at that. traffic is moving along relatively well. it's a little bit more crowded than we normally see. same thing with the bay bridge. there is a little bit of a line already in some of the cash lanes. this usually happens around 5:48. not 4:48. traffic is okay once on the bridge. if you are driving this in contra costa county. we are seeing traffic on 680 and 242 off to a good start. >>> coupling things going on here. higher clouds coming up. and even fog forming. there is a couple signs. it's going to be a little cooler. there will be another 40-degree spread. if we had an offshore breeze it would be one for the record
in los angeles when 29 firefighters were killed in that fire. this yarnell fire is the third deadliest in u.s. history. bill: we heard from the arizona governor jan brewer. nor john mccain says this is a reminder of the grave risks our firefighters take every dayton our behalf and in communities across the nation. their sacrifice will never be forgotten. martha: the deadly wildfire fueled by a record-breaking heat wave blistering the southwest. let's go to maria molina. she is live in the fox extream weather center. those numbers are incredible. >> i want to focus in on yarnell, arizona. this area was impacted throughout the morning hours about basically how they had the wildfire that killed those 19 firefighters. it's believed that that fire actually started by lightning. and we do have a chance to consider to see more thunderstorms in this i are area throughout this entire week. there is a 20% chance of a thunderstorm. anymore lightning from these storms any any strong wind the storms can produce -- i believe the fire is zero% contained. temperatures remaining in the 90s. it's not ju
in the town of yarnell. which is 85 northwest. that fire a ever den and phone -- the fallen firefighters were part of an elite team. >> we are devastated. we lost 19 of the best people you would ever meet. >> the crew tried to detect themselves by deploying fire resistant shields. >>> president obama expressing his condolences to the families of those firefighters. president obama called the firefighters heros who quote put themselves in harms way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they will never meet. the president is traveling in africa and says the federal government is is already assists >>> let's check. >> we have a crash in hercules. westbound 880 as you head off toward the carr it is very, very slow. as we move up higher here it is slowing way down. coming out from the bridge heading out toward the hercules area. and then after that you're in more slow traffic driving toward berkeley and oakland. once you get to the bay bridge it's backed up big time. within of the things we -- one of the things we have seen the traffic in the fast track lanes is better than the regu
reports. >> reporter: daylight revealed the destruction in yarnell, arizona. thousands of acres charred, hundreds of homes burned to the ground. late sunday there was a tragic discovery, the bodies of 19 firefighters who were members of an elite team called the granite mountain hotshots. >> we are devastated. we just lost 19 of some of the finest people you'll ever meet. >> reporter: they were fighting on the front line of a wildfire that's still raging. the wind-driven flames suddenly changed direction toward the crew and the members tried to take shelter in small fireproof tents used in emergencies. each member of the crew was wearing a belt pack like this one. the firefighters dig a hole in the ground and then themselves up with this fire resistant material. it's only used in extreme emergencies. and it gives the firefighters about a 50/50 chance of survival. fire officials say some of the firefighters were found inside their shelters, others outside. one member of the crew escaped the flames and is being treated at a hospital. >> it was terrible. i mean, the [ indiscernible ] was th
19 firefighters are dead. the fire started on friday in the unit of yarnell. authorities say by sunday teams had recovered the bodies of the firefighters. >> the hot shot crew are the people that literally go out on the fireline and attack with tools and other implements. these are the corps of fire fighting right there in the middle of the incident. >> dry, hot conditions and high winds have caused the fires to spread out of control. arizona officials say the flames have already burned their way through 800 hectares of land. some residents face evacuation. several hundred firefighters are still working around the clock to put out the fires. >> south africans are hoping prayer and song will help their former president make a full recovery. nelson mandela is in critical condition in hospital struggling with a lung infection and other ailments. people have packed churches across the country to pray for the 94-year-old. about 300 gathered in a church in johannesburg where anti-apartheid activists used to meet in secret. they paid tribute to the man who helped dismantle the count
with yarnell and a 19 on the back. >>> andy pettitte broke a franchise record for career strikeouts last night. he now has 1,958 strikeouts. that's impressive. and that puts him ahead of edward whitey ford. the most of all time. >>> yankees third baseman alex rodriguez hopes to return to the majors soon. he's scheduled to play tonight on a rehab assignment. >>> in washington, d.c. in his first game back from injury, the nationals bryce harper made a dramatic return. he hit a blast over the left field wall for his 13th home run of the season. >>> and a huge upset at wimbledon as serena williams was knocked off by 23rd ranked of germany who won on a second match point with a powerful forehand. a shot that could not be returned. >>> and robert gill of the arizona cardinals revved up a treadmill and ran for 25 miles per hour. this is a human as he trained to get ready for the season. i don't know if he's trying to get ready for the kentucky derby or for the nfl. do not try that at home. >> this seems unwise for a professional athlete. imagine if he would have hurt himself. he could have ruined his
yarnell, arizona. they found themselves cut off by wind whipped flames. >> the winds kick upit makes it difficult to control the fire and get after it. >> the hot shots were last heard from at 4:00 p.m. sunday, as they were moving to fight the fire. a national weather service station several miles away recorded a rapid change in the direction and speed of the wind. what was a south, southeast wind began gusting from the north at 40 miles an hour and quickly over took them. the fire station here in prescott, arizona, has become a makeshift memorial. some come here to mourn firefighters, others to mourn friends. sandy gonzalez grew up with ashcraft. she is taking messages for the four ashcraft children. >> it's heartbreaking that those kids will have to live without their dad and i just hope this might later on bring them some peace. >> julian says the children are too young to understand. >> i have told them every chance i ttensince then, your dad loves you and he's with you and they call him their angel and said they'll see them in heaven. >> formal memorial services are pending
weather conditions allowed a cbs news chopper to fly over the wildfire devastated town of yarnell, arizona this morning. revised estimates now say about 50 homes were destroyed in the town. the lone survivor of an elite fire crew that was killed battling the fire attended a prayer vigil in prescott. he hugged mourners in the crowd. 21-year-old brendon mcdonough was serving as a hilltop lookout radio information to crewmembers when the wind shifted sending flames in their direction. a three-year member did what he was supposed to do when he told crewmembers he needed to move to a different vantage point. >> he left his post based on protocol and moving to a new position. >> reporter: the memorial for the 19 crewmembers continues to grow. officials do not know if another lookout was in place when the firefighters were killed. those officials will ask mcdonough about that and more during the investigation. >> please, leave him alone. respect him right now and his privacy as well as his mom's. >> reporter: a spokesman received a standing ovation when he urged reporters to give mcdonough space.
. >> the yarnell has destroyed at least 200 homes. >> it's only about 8% contained. >> the california state assembly held a moment of silence for the 19 firefighters killed. >> five had ties to california, including the son of a los angeles fire captain. >> another had moved to fight fires. >>> our john fowler tells us how cities are preparing for heat and crowds. >> there are children's activities, food vendors and live music will take place. >> the big worry tomorrow is heat. >> the cheer squad this afternoon, decorating for tomorrow's parade. >> we love helping out the whole town and our whole motivation are the arenda community. >> it's the 30th year as the town closes an off ramp and streets. >> a lot of children, everybody dresses up. it's fun. >> it will also be scorching hot. >> we'll have misters and a cooling station. >> across town, the tom family preparing water bottles and t-shirts and hats for the fundraiser run named for their daughter who died of unexplained death in childhood. >> we put together this run for a reason in honor of her, and all the proceeds go towards medical
in the town of yarnell. about 85 miles northwest of phoenix. flames overtook the firefighters after they deplayed some deployed a fire resistance shield. >> the people that literally go out on the fire line and attack these with tools and other implements. they are not the people that have engine companies and large trucks. these are the core of fire fighting where they are right there in the middle of the incident. >> it's just a huge fire. it has destroyed 200 homes. many people are still evacuated. it's believed that lightning started that fire on friday. >>> other deadly incidents involving firefighters back on august 4th, 2008 nine people including seven firefighters were killed when a helicopter crashed. on august 24th, 2004 eight were killed in a crash from oregon after battling a wild fire. >>> court houses around the bay area will begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couple whence they open -- couples when they open up this morning. they started conducting services after they lifted their stay friday afternoon. and it opened again saturday and sunday. yesterday the s
was digging barriers around the yarnell hill fire in central arizona which has burned through 6,000 acres just since friday. cnn is in arizona with more. >> reporter: the yarnell hill fire began moving at a ferocious pace on sunday, suddenly changing direction, claiming the most firefighter lives since 9/11, trapping 19 firefi
. a ferocious blaze threatening the town of yarnell, a blaze that grew to 8,000 acres. a shift in the winds trapped and killed nearly all of the elite team from prescott, arizona. the average age of the men, just 22 men. it was the deadliest day for firefighters since 9/11 and deadliest wildfire incident in 80 years. today president obama led the tribute to them from africa. >> the news is heart breaking. our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the brave firefighters who go out there. it's one more reminder that our first responders put their lives on the line every single day. and every time we have a community in crisis, a disaster strikes, we've got people in need. firefighters, law enforcement officers, they run towards the danger. and so we are heart broken about what happened. obviously we're prepared to provide any support we can in investigating exactly how this took place. >> that's president obama in tanzania. now we go to stephanie who is live in prescott, arizona. >> this is a small town, everyone is rocked by this because everybody knew these 19 young men. this news
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